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An Updated Open-Concept Family Room

Family – who needs ’em! Just kidding! The family room is the gathering space for – well – everything. So it is a very high maintenance, needy space. I love to tackle a family room for that reason – it takes thought and hard work to do it right.

This family room update was soup to nuts – new everything – lighting, furniture, media center, area rugs and on and on. It’s a family room in an open concept home with high ceilings – and it’s contemporary. So how do you make that “cozy” when there’s nothing but space around you?

My top 6 tips to update your family right now!

1.  Large, Plush Area Rug

An area rug will define the area and give visual boundaries to the space.

Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman


2. Rich, textured fabrics

Warmth comes in the variety of heavy upholstery fabric that is cozy to sight and touch.

Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman


3. Artificial Lighting Options

Add lamps and pendants wherever you can in open spaces, they warm a space at night.

Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman

4. Make Room for TV

I know every year my husband wants a bigger, better television. Choose media cabinetry that will grow with your TV, not against it.

Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman

5. Embrace the open space

Make it work for you by keeping the palette similar in all connected rooms.

6. Add wood elements

Natural wood accessories will ground a contemporary plan.

Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman

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